Plain Tales from the Raj: Images of British India in the Twentieth Century

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Charles Allen
Abacus, 1975 - British - 287 pages
14 Reviews

The Raj was, for two hundred years, the jewel in the British imperial crown. Although founded on military expansionism and undoubted exploitation, it developed over the centuries into what has been called 'benign autocracy' - the government of many by few, with the active collaboration of most Indians in recognition of a desire for the advancement of their country.

Charles Allen's classic oral history of the period that marked the end of British rule was first published a generation ago. Now reissued as the imperial century closes, this brilliantly insightful and bestselling collection of reminiscences illustrates the unique experience of British India: the sadness and luxury for some; the joy and deprivation for others.

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User Review  - Molshri - Goodreads

There is so much we don't know. It's really interesting to read the perspectives of the ordinary British soldiers, the government officers and the businessmen who came to India. A must read for all ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This book is a non-fictional account of life in the Raj (the name given when India was governed by Britain as part of the British Empire). I enjoyed this book as it takes many quotes and stories of ... Read full review

About the author (1975)

Charles Allen is an oral and military historian specialising in colonial matters. He is the author of several previous books and lives in north London.

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